My work is all about the natural world of plants both above ground and under water and I try to convey my own personal connection with such a complex and extraordinary source of inspiration.
From the small pods, leaves and seeds that I can hold in my hand after a walk in the woods I try to create ceramic forms which address something of the beauty and strangeness that is so close to all of us when we look around. Some of my new work reflects my connection with the sea which is both familiar – as I grew up at the seaside- and strange because water can be so unpredictable.
I try to convey some of the intelligence of nature in my work and although following a design process which starts with drawings and photographs I also like to allow for the unexpected in the making process
I recently completed a Masters degree in Ceramics at the University of Central Lancashire.
Hand-built stoneware and porcelain sculptures based on plant life
I use an electric kiln and fire to 1240 degC.
I use porcelain and earthstone clays as well as slips made from a combination of the two.
Some of the work involves multiple firings and the use of oxides. Minimal use of glaze.
- I left a career in journalism in the early 1990s to study for a BA hons in Ceramics and Art history at the University of Central Lancashire.
- This was followed by a career as a ceramic artist taking part in exhibitions and shows throughout the country and combining this with running workshops for community groups and schools.
- I returned to study and completed a Masters Degree in Ceramics at the University of Central Lancashire in 2014
June 2014: Earth and Fire international Ceramics Festival, Rufford – with UCLAN
June – September 2014: Ceramics In Progress Exhibition, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston (selected)
April 25 – July 8 2015: Open Exhibition Platform Gallery Clitheroe (selected)
May 15-17 2015: Best of Britannia North, Preston: Applied Arts, UCLAN (selected)
July 4 2015: Art Market, Pendle Heritage Centre (selected)
October 2015 Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Manchester (selected)
November 2015 Art Market Holmfirth (selected)